Archive for May 2012

Builder Bob’s Tips

Here’s some great homeowner tips from Builder Bob….

Builder Bob’s Tips


  • Does your project require a permit? The State of Hawai`i and the County of Kaua`i have different regulations for various types of work done at your home. Check with the County Building Division on the scope of your project to determine whether or not you need a permit. Visit more information on obtaining a building permit.
  • When working on a construction project at your home, remember that staying hydrated is important, especially here in Hawai`i.
  • Are you painting a part of your house, interior or exterior? If you are using a small bucket of paint poured from your larger paint bucket and need to call it a day but have paint left over, never fear! You don’t need to pour it back into the bigger container, just put plastic wrap over your small bucket and refrigerate it for use the next day!
  • Want to give your interior walls a different, more unique look? Consider painting one wall as an accent wall. Choose one wall in your home to paint a different color from your other walls. Select a bold, vibrant color for a contemporary look.
  • Want to get creative? Try using some of these faux finishing paint techniques in one or more of the rooms at your home: strie, ragging, color washing, parchment, striping. You can do it yourself for only the cost of paint, and brushes/trays/buckets if needed. Home Depot has great brochures and books to show you how to take on a creative paint project. Or, check out the internet for more do-it-yourself sources.
  • Work safe! Always wear closed-toe shoes and clothing appropriate for your job. When working on your roof, work with a buddy or tie off to prevent serious accidents.
  • Check your tools and equipment routinely and maintain regularly. Doing so will prevent unnecessary injury from faulty tools and equipment.
  • Doing a big job at home? Make sure you have the proper equipment. Consult a local home improvement store for advice. If you don’t have the equipment to get the job done, save money by renting the tools instead of buying them.
  • Do you need to make a critical repair to your home? You may qualify for Kaua`i Habitat’s Repair and Renovation Program, which was launched in 2011. Click here for more information. Link to R&R page.

Over 20 women joined Kaua‘i Habitat for Lowe’s Women Build event May 5

Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity was proud to host its first Women Build event in Kekaha on Sat. May 5, 2012. The event was sponsored by Lowe’s, who is providing Kaua‘i Habitat for Humanity with a $5,000 Lowe’s store gift card in support of National Women Build Week.

Kaua‘i wahine volunteers worked hard to make critical roofing and exterior repairs to the Naka`ahiki family’s pre-‘Iniki home. The Women Build theme, “The Build Generation,” reflected the event’s goal to recruit and train women volunteers, as well as welcome the next generation of Habitat Women Builders – young women, ages 18-24 – to support Habitat’s mission to create affordable housing.

2 AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader positions available!

2 AmeriCorps Construction Crew Leader positions available at Kaua`i Habitat for Humanity! Open to the public. Work period is from September 2012-August 2013, Tuesdays-Saturdays. Details below, full job description on website. Interested applicants should contact us by email

Position Responsibilities:
• Assign volunteers with specific tasks and jobs, instruct the volunteers by example, and coordinate projects and tasks with the Construction Staff.
• Recruit and select local volunteers (especially the many retired volunteers) to train them to be volunteer crewleaders.
• Assist in the execution of all aspects of building a Habitat house from lot clearing to final inspections and punch list;
• Assist with the home assessment and project management for Critical Home Repair.
• Relate to volunteers and homeowners as a mentor and trainer, patiently instructing and encouraging others in task and participation within the construction process; working alongside the volunteers when opportunity allows.
• Follow HFH’s method of construction using the provided construction manual and maintain Habitat equipment, as assigned.
• Promote partnership among all participants in the Habitat program, giving special attention to the needs and concerns of homeowners; and enhancing communication between staff, volunteers, and homeowners.
• Assist in planning for each service day to insure that all necessary resources – material and human – are available to complete the task list; performing tasks that are the team priorities.
• Maintain worksite for cleanliness and safety.Education/Experience/Knowledge/Skills required for this position
• Some construction experience is preferable, but willing to train.
• Valid Driver’s License w/ no serious related convictions, able to drive a standard transmission is ideal.
• Strong verbal communication skills.
• Experience with power tools, or willing to learn.
• Experienced in leading others on community service/volunteer type projects.
• Experienced working as a team member on a community service/volunteer project.
• Able to work with minimal supervision.
• Able to plan, organize and implement multiple tasks simultaneously.